Virginia EMT Suspended after Alleged Racist Comments, Receiving National Attention
PATRICK COUNTY, Va. (WSLS) - There’s national media attention on Patrick County this week after reports of racist comments allegedly made by a first responder on a white supremacist podcast. Now, local leaders are calling for the EMT to be fired. Alex McNabb is on unpaid leave with the JEB Stuart Volunteer Rescue Squad, as the Virginia Department of Health investigates his conduct. Read more at WSLS. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tommy Lopez (WSLS 10) Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

$80,000 EMS Medicine Fellowship Awarded to Dr. Benjamin Nicholson
OVERLAND PARK, KS – The National Association of Emergency Services Physicians (NAEMSP) is pleased to announce Dr. Benjamin D. Nicholson, Department of Emergency Medicine, Boston Medical Center, as the recipient of the NAEMSP/Stryker EMS Medicine Medical Director Fellowship. The 12-month, $80,000 fellowship covers training and education costs to pursue a career as a clinically focused EMS medical director who is board-certified in EMS medicine. The opportunity was created to expand the commitment of academic institutions to EMS medicine as a subspecialty and graduate a fellow with a passion for EMS leadership on a ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians (NAEMSP) (press release) Tags: News Administration and Leadership Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

Clinical Performance Measures that Matter —Are You Ready?
Ask EMS professionals to define “quality in EMS” and you may get a tip of the head and an answer like, “Well, I’m not sure, but I know it when I see it.” In today’s healthcare environment, demonstrating quality is crucial. Payers are increasingly linking payment to outcome and quality, and becoming less interesting in paying for services that don’t add value or are quality-based.1 Historically, EMS has struggled operationalizing quality-based metrics. EMS Compass and the new National EMS Quality Alliance are attempting to get quality measures for EMS launched, and more importantly,...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Wayne C. Harbour, NRP Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Winter Storm Creates a Busy Day for WV 9-1-1 Call Center
  BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) - When winter weather hits, the amount of accidents on the roads have the potential to increase, which means a busy day for 911 call centers. Director of JanCare Ambulance, Paul Seamann, and his team is working around the clock to make sure they are ready in any event. He said fortunately, the accidents are not as critical because the speeds are less. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Taylor Neuman (WVNS) Tags: News News Videos Communications & Dispatch Operations Source Type: news

EMT Accused of Sending Explicit Photos to Teen He Treated
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Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WPXI Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

FDNY EMT Arroyo's Alleged Killer Again Deemed Unfit for Trial
  NEW YORK CITY (NEWS 12 The Bronx) - A court-appointed psychologist has found Jose Gonzalez unfit to stand trial in the death of FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo. Gonzalez, who is charged with first-degree murder, is accused of carjacking Arroyo's ambulance and running her over with it. She was a mother to five children. Since the March 2017 incident, Gonzalez has been evaluated twice by two court-appointed psychologists who found him not suitable to stand trial. Read more at News 12 The Bronx. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: News 12 The Bronx Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

PatientCare Executives Appointed to American Ambulance Association Board and Committees
LARGO, Fla. (Dec. 4, 2018) – PatientCare Logistics Solutions is pleased to announce that executives Rob Lawrence and John Peterson have been appointed to the American Ambulance Association’s (AAA) Board of Directors and Ethics Committee, respectively. PatientCare vice president Mark Postma has also transitioned to Immediate Past President of the Association. The AAA is a national trade association that represents hundreds of ambulance services across the country. The association serves as the voice for the ambulance services industry and promotes health care policies, and provides research, education and commu...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: PatientCare Logistics Solutions (press release) Tags: Administration and Leadership Press Releases Industry News Source Type: news

Armstrong Ambulance Drops Santa Off at Saugus Fundraiser
ARLINGTON, Mass. — Armstrong Ambulance is pleased to announce that one of its ambulances recently dropped off Santa Claus to a fundraiser in Saugus to raise money for the Relay for Life. On Saturday, Dec. 1, Armstrong Ambulance dropped Old Saint Nick off at Fuddruckers in Saugus to help raise money for the Relay For Life cancer walk. Relay For Life is a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society that organizes community walks to raise money for cancer research. "We were glad to be able to give Santa a ride to this great fundraising event," Armstrong CEO Richard Raymond said. "While our ambulance...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Armstrong Ambulance Service (press release) Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

NAEMSP 2019 Annual Meeting Will Reunite Governor with Lifesaving First Responders
OVERLAND PARK, KS – The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) has several inspiring and informative presentations lined up for its 2019 Annual Meeting, which will take place January 7-12 in Austin, Texas. The conference will reunite its keynote speaker, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, with the first responders who resuscitated him after his cardiac arrest in November 2017. The 2019 Annual Meeting is an important part of NAEMSP’s efforts to educate EMS personnel on the latest advances and best practices in out-of-hospital emergency care. Emergency medical care experts from across...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians (NAEMSP) Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

Montgomery County EMS Worker Charged after Inappropriately Touching Patient in Ambulance
  GAITHERSBURG, Md. - (FOX 5 DC) -- An employee with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services has been charged after officials said he inappropriately touched a female patient in an ambulance as they were heading to the hospital. The Montgomery County Police Department announced on Monday that 33-year-old Mario Arturo Obando-Rodriguez of Gaithersburg was arrested in connection with the alleged incident that occurred on July 3. Read more at FOX 5 DC. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: FOX 5 DC Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

N.Y. Town Finding Ways to Make EMS Succeed Despite Challenges
  GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (WNYT) -- If you have to dial 911, you don't want problems. However, as a NewsChannel 13 investigation recently discovered, the current system leaves many medical responders underpaid and overworked. That means they may not be at their best when they answer your call. Our report last week uncovered a number of issues plaguing the industry. To recap, we'll break them down, starting with a big problem that affects ambulance companies across the board – whether they be private, non-profit, volunteer, or run by a municipality. That problem is low pay. Next, the hours an EMT works are not regu...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WNYT News Channel 13 Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

French Paramedics Join Cost-of-Living Protests
PARIS (AP) — Anti-government protesters gained new allies Monday as French paramedics and students joined ongoing rallies while the prime minister met with political rivals in a bid to ease the anger following riots that rocked Paris. Facing the most serious crisis since his election in May 2017, President Emmanuel Macron remained silent but met with police officers to offer them support after "a day of unprecedented violence," the Elysee palace said. On Saturday, more than 130 people were injured and 412 arrested in the French capital amid one of the worst waves of unrest in the country in recent years. Po...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press Tags: International News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) Announced 2019 Board of Directors
The National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) held its annual Board of Directors elections to fill the seats of the Board members whose terms are ending. This year, there were six candidates running for four seats; three seats are for two-year terms and one is for a one-year term. The three candidates with the highest number of votes were elected to two-year terms. The re-elected and new members of the Board of Directors will begin their terms on January 1, 2019. Participation for this election was once again high and shows great interest and commitment by the membership in electing representatives who share a common go...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NEMSMA (press release) Tags: News Administration and Leadership Press Releases Source Type: news

Pennsylvania Facing Fire and EMS Crisis
  Harrisburg, Pa. (WTAJ) - First responders in Pennsylvania are in crisis. That's the message of a report released on Wednesday. A commission of fire and EMS organizations, as well as state lawmakers, released a report with 27 recommendations to improve fire and EMS in the state.   That includes adding incentives to help recruit first responders, expanding the office of the state fire commissioner, and providing state funding for basic fire and EMS training. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - November 29, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jackson Elwell (WTAJ) Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

EMS Agencies in W.V. to Merge in Effort to Better Serve Community
  MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV)-- In the words of the County Commissioners, "it's a great day to be a Mon County resident." The reason for this, is the announcement of the collaboration of Mon Health EMS and WVU Hospitals' HealthTeam Critical Care Transport ambulance services. "If we combine the assets of Mon EMS and our WVU Medicine HealthTeam EMS, we think we can build a better mouse trap," said Albert Wright, the President and CEO of WVU Health System. Bringing these two companies into one organization will allow for the closest ambulance to be immediately dispatched to a call. Read more at WDTV. (So...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - November 29, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mariah Congedo (WDTV) Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Last Call Made for Crew of Bismarck Air Medical Flight
During the 'Celebration of Life' on Monday morning at the Bismarck Event Center which honored the lives of three fallen first responders, there was the poignant moment of the 'Last Call.' The lives of Bismarck Air Medical pilot Todd Lasky, Bismarck Air Medical paramedic, Chris Iverson, and CHI St. Alexius Health Registered Nurse, Bonnie Cook, were celebrated during the hour and a half long service.   Prior to the service, more than 85 ambulances, police vehicles and firefighting units escorted their bodies from the Eastgate Funeral home to the Bismarck Event Center.   (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - November 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tia Streeter (KX News) Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Victims of N.D. Air Medical Plane Crash Celebrated and Honored
A celebration of lives held earlier this morning at the Bismarck Event Center in North Dakota to honor the three lives lost in a medical airplane crash on Sunday, Nov. 18. The memorial service was aired live by North Dakota TV station KX News and celebrated the lives of Bismarck Air Medical pilot Todd Lasky, Bismarck Air Medical paramedic, Chris Iverson, and CHI St. Alexius Health Registered Nurse, Bonnie Cook. It was attended by family, local and state emergency medical services organizations, and members of the communities they served. WATCH & LISTEN: Last Call Made for Crew of Bismarck Air Medical Flight P...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - November 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: KX News Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

EMS Encouraged to Comment on Opioid Crisis National Roadmap
The NHTSA Office of EMS is encouraging members of the EMS community to comment on a draft report developed by the Fast Track Action Committee (FTAC) on Health Science and Technology Response to the Opioid Crisis. Under the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, NTSC convened the Opioid FTAC as a response to the opioid crisis to identify (1) research and development (R&D) critical to addressing key gaps in knowledge and tools, and (2) opportunities to improve coordination of Federal research and development essentials to combating the opioid crisis. The draft report, "Health Research and Development t...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - November 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NHTSA Office of EMS Tags: News Administration and Leadership Mobile Integrated Healthcare Source Type: news

Recruitment and Retention: A Perennial Problem in EMS
Whenever I speak with my colleagues around the country, we inevitably end up discussing how best to attract staff and keep them with our EMS agencies for the long term. Employee recruitment and retention is an issue we constantly wrestle with and seemingly never solve. As with any problem, the most important step in solving it, is to understand it. Research on this subject has been conducted over the years as it is relates to the healthcare industry in general, with some even focused specifically on EMS practitioners. Examining the Data In a survey study conducted by the Montana Department of Health in 2009, over a thousan...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - November 20, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Vincent D. Robbins, FACPE, FACHE Tags: Columns Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Reflecting on Pennsylvania's EMS Issues from 2,300 Miles Away
My sister-in-law in Eastern Pennsylvania, sent me this great descriptive article published in the Times News from the six-county EMS region in Eastern Pennsylvania where I was director from 1975–1992. It presents a great update and facts on age-old issues that volunteer, BLS and low-volume services have. I wish I wrote it. Most of the issues are decades old and existed when I was the region's EMS Council Director, but now these issues are catching up with small services and choking them—financially and emotionally—to death. From 1975–1987, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's EMS law allowed (by ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - November 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: Exclusive Articles Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Volunteer Ambulance VP Fired After Human Trafficking Arrest
  HARTFORD (FOX 61) -- On Wednesday, following the arrest of Simon Hessler, FOX61 learned that he was the second in command of the Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corps and worked with several juveniles in the Explorer Post. An Ellington mother was upset that on two occasions, she reported inappropriate behavior to ambulance officials and then to police. Even after the complainants, Hessler was still overseeing juvenile girls in the Explorer Post. Melissa Doyon, an Ellington mother of a female explorer was upset her warnings were not taken seriously. Read more at FOX 61. Editor's note: Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corp...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - November 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Roger Susanin, Mike Agogliati (WFSB) Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Northwest N.Y. Town Scrambles to Replace Volunteer Ambulance Service
CAPE VINCENT, N.Y. (WWNY-TV) -- Officials in the town of Cape Vincent are moving quickly to replace their volunteer ambulance squad. The town board appointed five people to a new ambulance committee Thursday night. This comes as the town's all-volunteer ambulance squad is set to disband at the beginning of next year. "That's what the committee is for, to take every possible idea to get some type of ambulance service that will work and be cost efficient for the town of Cape Vincent and the village," town councilman Alan Wood said. Tim White is going to chair the committee. Right now the town board is floating a fe...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - November 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WWNY-TV Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

EMS Council of New Jersey (EMSCNJ) Names EMT Faith Lancaster 'Squad Member of the Year'
Squad Member of the Year Faith Lancaster, left, thanks her friend of 30 years and fellow Middle Township Ambulance Corps member Phyllis Linn for nominating her for the award. SAYREVILLE, NJ -- The EMS Council of New Jersey (EMSCNJ) has named Middle Township Ambulance Corps (MTAC) EMT Faith Lancaster “Squad Member of the Year.” A lifelong resident of Cape May and Atlantic Counties, Lancaster has been involved in EMS for 30 years. She has served in leadership roles for various squads, and even as a volunteer firefighter. She currently is serving her second term as chief of the MTAC. She also is a junior and cadet...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - November 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: EMS Council of New Jersey (Press Release) Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

Rural EMS Faces Unique and Significant Challenges
The American Ambulance Association recently interviewed John Eich, Director of the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, on the unique challenges facing rural EMS agencies, including evolving system models, recruitment of new staff and funding/reimbursement. Watch/listen to the interview below or visit the AAA website to read a transcript of the interview.   (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - November 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Amanda Riordan, American Ambulance Association Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Between a Stethoscope and a Gavel
In late 1959, a young firefighter candidate was given a welcome break from the “grinder”—an affectionate term for the training academy of the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD). The young firefighter had been told his “contractual duty is to fight fire”1 and had spent the prior weeks drilling on the techniques of the profession under the Southern California sun. However, today would be different. Instead of pulling hose and lifting ladders, his afternoon would be spent in a classroom taking a course called “first aid.” At best, the course was marginal; lasting less than tw...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - November 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jameson Karns Tags: Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

EMS Today Launches New Buyer Program
Clarion UX Fire & Rescue Group, formerly PennWell Corporation, has introduced a new key buyer program at EMS Today (February 20-22, 2019). The key buyer program called “MATCH!” connects decision making fire and rescue service personnel with exhibitors who provide products and services that address the immediate needs of their department and the communities they protect. Qualified attending participants for EMS Today's MATCH! Program will include authorized buyers made up of high ranking Fire/EMS department officers, top private ambulance providers, committee members and chairs with purchasing auth...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - November 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Clarion UX Fire & Rescue Group Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

Alabama City Getting Its Own Ambulance Service to Combat Lagging Response Times
  ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — The city of Orange Beach will soon have its very own ambulance service. Like many other municipalities in Baldwin County, Alabama, Orange Beach is currently serviced by Medstar EMS. However, officials say growth and traffic congestion has created a need for the quickest option possible. Read more at WPMI. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - November 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Cory Pippin (NBC 15) Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Seattle Prepares Contingency Plans for EMT Strike
SEATTLE (KIRO) -- The Seattle Fire Department has begun contingency planning in case critical private ambulance service is disrupted by a labor dispute. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - November 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Essex Porter (KIRO) Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

California EMTs and Paramedics to Stay On Duty During Breaks as Prop 11 Passes
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Proposition 11 has passed, the AP is predicting. The campaign largely funded by private ambulance companies had voters deciding what to do with employee breaks. Emergency ambulance employees who work for private companies will be allowed to continue their current practice of having emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics stay on-duty during their meal and rest breaks in order to respond to 911 calls. Private ambulance companies would attempt to reschedule meal and rest breaks that are interrupted by a 911 call. Read more at CBS13. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - November 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CBS13 Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Longtime Oklahoma EMS Leader H. Stephen Williamson Passes Away
H. Stephen Williamson, 68, of Hope, Arkansas, formerly of Tulsa, Oklahoma, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle passed away suddenly on November 3, 2018 at his home. Preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Williamson, father, Hershel Williamson, and first wife, Pat Williamson, Steve is survived by his best friend and wife Rebecca Williamson (Smith); his two adored daughters Jennifer Thomas (Jason) of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Ashley Schneeberg (Matt) of Jenks, Oklahoma; his brother, Mark Williamson (Theresa) of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; and his five step children, Blake Burruss (Rachel), Krista Sands, Holly Ch...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - November 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

NIH Requesting Input on Ways to Enhance Emergency Medical Care Research
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently issued a request for information (RFI) seeking input that will help inform: The development of good emergency medical care research practices under Exception from Informed Consent (EFIC) and Policies and procedures for the design, implementation, and oversight of NIH-supported emergency medical care research conducted under EFIC. Because obtaining informed consent from patients with emergent, life-threatening conditions is so difficult, research in emergency and prehospital settings often falls under EFIC guidelines. There are significant challenges to conducting emergency...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - November 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NHTSA Office of EMS Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

EMS in Crisis: Patients Pocketing Insurance Checks
CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) - Cumberland Goodwill EMS in Carlisle responds to more than 10,000 calls a year to help people in crisis, but it's facing its own crisis. "We lose money every time we go out the door," Assistant Chief Nathan Harig said. EMS services already struggle with low reimbursement rates from Medicaid and Medicare. On top of that, add patients pocketing insurance checks. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - November 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kendra Nichols Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Do You Voodoo?
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Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 30, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Paul Combs Tags: Administration and Leadership Comics Source Type: news

Safety Concerns About New Minneapolis 9-1-1 Dispatch Software
  MINNEAPOLIS (KSTP-TV)--A computer program used to process 911 calls in Minneapolis is putting first responders and the public in danger, according to the head of the city’s police union and a former dispatcher. Minneapolis resident Matt Pelikan called 911 April 23 after seeing a man in the skyway who needed help. "If I was the person on the ground and there was someone there to call for help, I'd want the person to come as soon as possible,” Pelikan said. Read more at KSTP-TV. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 29, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: KSTP-TV Tags: News News Videos Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

Executive Institute (XI) Convenes in Hershey, Pennsylvania
EMS leaders convened in “Chocolatetown USA”—also known as the town of Hershey, Pennsylvania—on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, for the Page, Wolfberg and Wirth (PWW) Media XI Leadership Conference at the Hershey Lodge. The Executive Institute (XI) is a one-day interactive workshop with sessions tailored for EMS industry executives, chiefs, top-level managers, owners and leaders interested in high-level views and discussions about reimbursement, compliance, privacy, leadership and human resource management. Well-known industry leader, Mike Taigman, kicked off the morning with an eye-opening keynote. Taig...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 27, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

abc360 Conference Offers Treasure Trove of New Information
The Page, Wolfberg and Wirth (PWW) abc360 Conference kicked off on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania, offering a robust audience a treasure trove of new information on several key EMS administrative areas. Up first were the reimbursement, compliance and privacy updates from PWW partners Doug Wolfberg, Steve Wirth and Ryan Stark, which was packed with the latest about what’s going on with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services cost data collection requirements, Medicare appeals, and some interesting air ambulance news. “We aim to not only inform attendees about the latest in...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Leading advocacy, watchdog organizations join ambulance transparency coalition
ATLANTA, GEORGIA (October 23, 2018)—A bipartisan coalition of leading advocacy and taxpayer watchdog groups announced today they had joined the Georgia Ambulance Transparency Project, a new grassroots initiative to restore transparency and ethics to the provision and delivery of emergency services across the state. The new coalition, which collectively represents the interests of hundreds of thousands of Georgia voters, includes Common Cause, Georgia Conservatives in Action, Georgia Ethics Watchdog, Main Street Patriots, Athens 4 Everyone, Athens Area Citizens for Better EMS Response Times, and Barrow County Board...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: AmbulanceTransparency.org (press release) Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

AAA Responds to Fire-Based EMS Interest Groups Regarding Cost Data Collection for Ambulance Services
WASHINGTON, DC—On October 17, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), and The Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association released a joint statement discouraging fire-based providers from endorsing AAA’s proposed ambulance cost collection methodology. While we regret to learn that they do not believe that our method is appropriate for the segment of providers they represent, we respectfully disagree and invite open dialogue as our previous requests to discuss cost collection with the IAFF and IAFC were declined. The American Ambulance Association membersh...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 22, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: American Ambulance Association Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Beloved Pennsylvania EMS Chief Dies On Duty After Cardiac Arrest
It is with great sadness that Crozer-Keystone Health System announced the line of duty death of EMS Chief Robert (Bob) Reeder on October 20, 2018. According to preliminary information, Bob was on duty Saturday morning at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa., during a charity event when he suffered cardiac arrest. Despite CPR efforts and immediate transport to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Bob passed away.Bob was 61 and was part of Crozer-Keystone’s EMS team for 37 years. He spent the last 20 years as chief, and was also president of the Delaware County Emergency Health Services Council for more than 20 years. His le...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Missouri Challenges Residents to #BuckleUpPhoneDown
Missouri Governor Michael Parson has officially proclaimed Oct. 19, 2018, to be Buckle Up Phone Down Day. Organized by the state's Department of Transportation and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, #BuckleUpPhoneDown (#BUPD) day is intended to be the first step to break driving habits that cause deadly motor vehicle crashes on the state's roadways. In messages over social media and through grassroots outreach, all of state's resident's are asked to accept the challenge, as well as challenge a friend, relative or members of the community.   The idea is simple, according to the Missouri Department of Tr...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ryan Kelley, NREMT Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

New Process for Rapidly Updating National EMS Scope of Practice Model
As part of an ongoing revision of the National EMS Scope of Practice Model, a group ofexperts convened by the National Association of State EMS Officials, with support from the NHTSA Office of EMS, recently developed and approved a process for quickly updating the Model. The description of the process is available on ems.gov.   The National EMS Scope of Practice Model was initially published in 2007 and provides guidance to states developing EMS scope of practice laws and regulati...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NHTSA Office of EMS Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

California's Prop 11: EMS Personnel Break Time Debate
  LOS ANGELES (CBS): When you need help and call 9-1-1 you expect paramedics will race to you right away with lights and sirens on, right? Well, there’s a major battle raging in the California courts, capital, and the November ballot box that could dramatically change things. One company has spent more than $20 million to support a state ballot measure that ensure EMTs and paramedics keep radios and pagers on during breaks so they can respond anytime. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CBS Los Angeles Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

The Agenda is Set ... Now What?
In September, Jon Krohmer, MD, FACEP, marked the end of his second year as director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS. His tenure has included major initiatives, such as EMS Agenda 2050 and a revision of the National EMS Model Scope of Practice, as well as continued efforts to support state and local EMS organizations battling the opioid crisis and addressing other public health issues.Krohmer has a long career in EMS, starting as an emergency physician and EMS medical director in Michigan. He served in national organizations, including a stint as president of the National Associat...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ryan Kelley, NREMT Tags: Exclusive Articles EMS Insider Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

N.J. EMS Council Receives $7,000 AT & T Contribution to Support Cadet Scholarships
SAYREVILLE, NJ – AT&T has contributed $7,000 to support the EMS Council of New Jersey’s (EMSCNJ) cadet scholarship program. The 89-year-old nonprofit New Jersey State First Aid Council, now doing business as the EMSCNJ, represents 20,000 EMS volunteers affiliated with 250+ EMS agencies throughout the Garden State. Today Althea Yancy, Regional Director, AT&T, presented EMSCNJ President Joseph G. Walsh, Jr. with a check, which will be used to expand the organization’s cadet scholarship program. “We distribute scholarships twice a year, as our budget allows,” Walsh said. “W...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: EMSCNJ and AT & T (Press Release) Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

California's Prop. 11: Ambulance Company has Spent Nearly $22M on Ballot Measure
This article was written by Eric Murphy. From 2013 to 2014, Eric Murphy was employed by AFSCME International. United EMS Workers is a subdivision of that union. It comes to JEMS from Mission Local, a San Francisco-area local, independent neighborhood news source.  (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Eric Murphy, Mission News Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Virginia Fire Department Searches for Backup EMS Provider
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WSLS 10) - Martinsville continues search for backup EMS provider.  In the time being, the city's part-time firefighters will help cover medical calls.   (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WSLS 10 Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Global EMS Community Looks to NAEMSP for Medical Director Training
OVERLAND PARK, KS – The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) has been invited to provide international medical director training at DevelopingEM 2018. EMS medical directors from across the United States will teach the NAEMSP International Medical Directors Overview Course on December 2, 2018. The one-day pre-conference workshop will focus on enhancing physicians’ expertise in real-world EMS issues. DevelopingEM is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the practical delivery of emergency medicine and critical care education. Its 2018 conference will take place December 3-6 in Fiji, where it will spons...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NAEMSP (press release) Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

Disruption Is on the Horizon, Are You Ready?
As I sit back and attempt to watch our industry from afar, so that I can strategize to anticipate the next “big thing” in EMS, I find myself peering into tumultuous seas ahead. With the only consistency in healthcare, technology, society, finance and the economy being that of rapid fire and unpredictable change, the analogy often spoken of when I ask my peers how things are going and about their future is that they’re all drinking from fire hoses. Although the thought of that concept initially brings me back to my childhood, when drinking from a garden hose was OK and a favorite summer pastime, clearly at...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jonathan D. Washko, MBA, NRP, AEMD Tags: Columns Exclusive Articles Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Incoming President of AAA Lays Out Vision of Cooperation and Inclusion
It is my honor to serve as the new president of the American Ambulance Association. I wanted to share with you a bit about my vision for our association over these next two years. Choices & Challenges As I prepared to take office, I spent a lot of time thinking deeply about where we've come, where we are, and where we're going. It occurs to me that the next two years will likely be about choices: We can choose to be an association that is the nation’s voice for ambulances services; or we can choose not to. We can choose to stand tall in the face of adversity; or we can choose not to. We can choose to work even ha...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Aarron Reinert, MA, NRP Tags: Columns News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Fire Dept. in No. Kentucky Can't Staff Own Ambulance; Requires Help from Neighboring Depts.
  MORNING VIEW, Ky. -- The Kenton Fire District's ambulance hasn't left the garage since late June.  It isn't broken. The department simply can't afford to pay the two qualified emergency medical technicians required by state law to deploy it. Until the Morning View-based fire department finds either more money or EMTs willing to work on a strictly volunteer basis, fellow fire departments from Independence, Fiskburg and Ryland Heights  -- each at least 15 minutes away -- will take over ambulance duties. Read more at WCPO. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kristen Swilley (WCPO) Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news